Where can I shop for diabetes supplies besides mail-order?

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People with diabetes now have more choices than ever about where to buy their diabetes supplies and devices. You can shop online, in a local or chain pharmacy, and through the mail. It’s up to you to decide which is the most convenient and cost-effective place to shop. Be wary of online marketplaces where people sell and auction personal items. It is not possible to know if testing supplies have been stored properly or have been altered in any way. Only buy from a reputable source.

Pharmacies

Some pharmacies offer a smaller selection of equipment, so check the aisles to see how your pharmacy stacks up. If you have a good relationship with your pharmacist, you may be able to ask him or her to order the machine that you want. Although small pharmacies can be more expensive, establishing a good working relationship with your pharmacist can save you a lot of running around. Pharmacists can often give you information about the ins and outs of different products and models. Local pharmacists will know the products they sell and will be able to spend time training you to use the purchase. This is often a real, convenient advantage.

Most grocery store and chain pharmacies carry diabetes supplies, which might be convenient if you are shopping for other items.

Diabetes Supply Stores

Another shopping option is to visit a diabetes specialty store. To find one near you, call your local American Diabetes Association office or check in the phonebook under “Diabetes” or “Medical Supplies.” If you are lucky enough to have one nearby, you may be able to get many nonprescription items and diabetes information and support in one easy stop. You may also find a selection of healthy foods, books, and information on local diabetes events and organizations. Many diabetes shops have knowledgeable staff who can help you compare models, answer questions, and provide training on new tools.

Buying Supplies Online

When purchasing supplies online, make sure to look for an Internet site that is secure and reputable. The Food and Drug Administration recommends purchasing from websites that are located in the United States and provide clear ways to contact the company with questions or concerns.

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